Tupelo elementary school students helping with Empty Bowl luncheon

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – While learning how to make pottery, a group of Tupelo kindergarten students also got a lesson in community service.
The students at Joyner Elementary will be helping out with next week’s Empty Bowls Luncheon.
Kindergarten classes at the k-2 school have been making treats to be sold at the event’s bake sale. They also made and painted pinch pots and clay hearts.
The pots will be used to hold salt and pepper at the luncheon, and the hearts will serve as decorations.
“We’re put on this Earth for service,” kindergarten teacher Kathy Wallace said. “They need to learn at a young age to help others. They love doing something for someone they don’t even know.”
The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary’s Empty Bowls Luncheon will be Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Building V of the Tupelo Furniture Market on Coley Road in Tupelo. Tickets are $12 and are available at the door. Proceeds benefit The Salvation Army.
“We are helping because there are people who don’t have a lot of food,” said kindergarten student Scout Riley.
With the help of parents, each kindergarten class at the school will contribute baked items. Wallace said that will total about 200 items.
The students then made the pottery in Sarah Lambert’s art class. Nikki Logan’s second-grade challenge class that had just learned how to make pinch pots helped Lambert teach the kindergartners. Potter Ginny Foxworth also helped.
“It has been such a collaborative effort,” Lambert said. “We’ve been teaching our children how many people it took to work on a project like this. We’re happy to be giving back to the community which has given so much to Tupelo schools.”

Contact Chris Kieffer at (662) 678-1590 or chris.kieffer@djournal.com.

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